Winning Run to Continue?

A chance to play and beat the Champions. We managed a draw away at a time the Leicester boys were shafting Ranieri, can we do better tonight?


Since Tinkerman left LFC have done very well and seem a rejuvenated team (shameful), we have won two on the bounce. It should be a good game. Leicester tend to rely on the pace of their attack, in particular Vardy.

Vardy and Mahrez. Both AFC targets last summer, both turned us down, both had awful seasons. Good. I was hoping for relegation but mid-table mediocrity will do.

In the excellent Ian Wright interview with Arseblog, Wrighty complained long and hard about our buying policy. On the whole I agree with him, but the non-signing of two Leicester players who just a season before had been journeymen, shows how hard it must be to land the big fish.

Will we continue with the Back 3? Your guess is as good and probably better than mine.

Will AW put out a second string team with the Spurs game in mind on  Sunday? I hope not. A win in either gives the same points.

My Team


Bellerin     Gabriel    Koscielny    Monreal

Ramsey   Coquelin    Iwobi

Walcott  Welbeck    Sanchez

Some rotation is necessary with 3 games in just over a week., and for this reason I would revert to the normal back 4. Resting Ozil may be contentious but I want to see Iwobi and Mesut can have a rest on the bench. Welbeck ahead of Giroud because pace could be important.

Of course, the above team will win, Leicester rarely leave Arsenal with points and we must hope tonight continues the trend.

A win tonight puts us back in the mix for an unlikely Top 4 finish. ….

Let it be So



85 Responses to Winning Run to Continue?

  1. chas says:

    Cheers, BR

    I’d like to see three at the back as it should be more secure against the counter attack. An extra centre back also gives us more height at set pieces (Leicester’s other strength).

    Maybe Bellerin for the Ox if he’s not 100%.

  2. Eddie says:

    thank you Raddy, I love it when you show your darker side 🙂 I want Leicester to get relegation too, firstly for taking the title that should have been ours last season and for the snubbing of us, I cannot stand that. But good job they did, we don’t want them anyway. Konte however…

    Not a sunny day in this neck of woods, could be a tough game

  3. Rasp says:

    Morning all, thanks for the PM Raddy 🙂

    I agree with chas, our improvement in form has come with the back 3 … it is the way ahead with our current crop of players.

    Chelski conceded 3 to us earlier in the season with a flat back 4 and then went to 3 and look where they are now. You could see it took them a couple of games for it to work smoothly and I guess we’re the same.

    Bellerin for the Ox is a good shout too, and maybe Elneny for Ramsey? The most important point you make is that the 3 points are vital and so rotation is good to keep the players fresh … but resting players for the totnum game would be folly IMO.

  4. chas says:

    Is that Shad geezer still at the Club?

  5. mickydidit89 says:

    Thank you Erik

    I agree and disagree and approximately equal measure.

    I’m for 3 at the back and some consistency with both formations as well as players roles in that system ie when making refreshing changes due to fixture congestion, then like for likies

    So. Bell for Ox
    Gibbs for Mon
    Elnen for Ramsey
    Coq for Xhak
    Iwobi for Mesut
    Anyone for Giroud

    Goalie, Kos,
    Gabs, Holding, Coq,
    Elnen, Bell, Gibb, Iwobi, Sanchez, Danny

    Now for the big one, sandals to flipflops eh?

  6. mickydidit89 says:

    As an extra thank you, I’ve been reading about biodynamic farming, and viticulture in particular. Here we go copy and paste

    Biodynamic agriculture is based on the work of Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925), who gave his now famous Agriculture Course in 1924, predating most of the organic movement.[7] It includes ecological and spiritual principles. Biodynamics aims at the ecological self-sufficiency of farms as cohesive, interconnected living systems.

    They do mead as well as spiritual shit you know

  7. GoonerB says:

    Cheers Raddy

    I agree with Chas and Rasp. I think overly chopping and changing players positions has caused us fluency issues and I think doing this with the formation will have similar consequences.We are still perfecting the system so further time playing it tonight before we face Spuds and Utd away would be a good idea.

    We need to win tonight and on the weekend really so I would like as close to strongest line ups in both (injury aside).

  8. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok, back to today’s game

    Some of us may consider the points on offer as irrelevant if we consider top four is an unrealistic goal, and given we’ve already qualified for Europa, maybe it’s all now simply about cementing a system and doing everything to peak in the cup final

    Not quite sure where I stand

    Bottom line is, as usual, cannot wait for the game and just hope we win by scoring five

  9. mickydidit89 says:

    Hi GB

    I agree. Arsene will know which are the knackered players, and I’d think Mon and Ox would be top of that list

  10. jjgsol says:

    Much as I dislike the 3 at the back, as it means we are short of an attacker, I think it would be sensible to keep it going, with the minimum of changes. This idea that players get tired if they have to play more than a few games in a row is a myth.

    I successful team generates the adrenaline to be able to play game after game. Rotation is simply an excuse for players who do not want to try hard enough. If they feel they need a rest after the number of games that they have played in recent weeks, then they are not interested enough and should go.

    By the way, the Manure game is at home, not away. We drew away.

  11. GoonerB says:

    I am not sure the back 3 leaves us short of an attacker jj. possibly numbers wise but I would have to see your further reasoning of this to explain it.

    More importantly I feel the back 3 (being more solid to the counter-attack if possession is lost) allows some of our attackers to stay in attacking positions even when we are defending. This allows us to change from defence to attack ourselves more effectively.

    I feel Arsenals back 4 system often saw us with either almost everyone pushing up on the opposition but leaving little space to operate in or for runners from deeper positions (cue passing sideways around the pitch outside their box), or it dragged everyone back into a scrambling defence as a result of having too many players caught forward.

    I feel the back 3 looks more solid defensively without everyone being dragged back and allows certain players to remain largely free from defensive duties taking up dangerous positions.

  12. mickydidit89 says:

    The back three beat City and their excellent attack

    Can’t wait for KO

  13. Eddie says:

    Is the game not televised?

  14. mickydidit89 says:

    No Eddie

    Usual stream for me but now on hd lightening fast broadband speed

  15. mickydidit89 says:


    In fairness we’ve been short of an attacker since Brave Robin left, although I’d like to think you’re right about the myth of players being tired, just lazy 🙂

    Times like now I’m envious of London dwellers being a short tube ride from a game

  16. Big Raddy says:

    Deeply envious Micky. I just have ordinary streaming which can lag and be hugely annoying. Thankfully the game is on Dansk TV

  17. mickydidit89 says:

    Ah Erik

    We’ve always had rubbish broadband out here in the bush, but fibre optic arrived. Oh what a difference to football watching.

    Yeah, it’s a sunny evening here, and I’d love to pop onto the circle line, change onto Victoria line and zoom up to Finsbury Park

  18. Big Raddy says:

    Me too. I really miss April/May night games.

    Get to the pub early, enjoy a couple of sherbets, have a chat about the game and the state of the club, maybe a jaunt into the kebab restaurant (still the best I know) or a crafty pie in Piebury Corner.

    Then a road beer followed by entry into the stadium and the excitement of seeing the pitch under the lights. Then the players coming out.


    Only ruined by the twat of a DJ

  19. mickydidit89 says:

    The marching band Erik 🙂

    Never been to Piebury Corner. Don’t even know where it is,

    You really get to me heart strings with floodlight stadium. My first ever game in 1973 was a night affair

    Me go eat and back to team news

  20. chas mobile says:

    The matchday experience is ok, I suppose.

  21. Big Raddy says:

    Ahhh. You lucky lucky boys

  22. Big Raddy says:

    3 at the back but Hector, Francis and Theo in.

  23. mickydidit89 says:

    That’s rubbish team news
    I want the works and subs

  24. mickydidit89 says:

    Team to play Leicester: Cech, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Bellerin, Coquelin, Xhaka, Gibbs, Ozil, Sanchez, Walcott

    Subs: Martinez, Ramsey, Elneny, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Iwobi, Welbeck, Giroud

  25. mickydidit89 says:

    Ooo I say, I’m getting quite good at this
    I added in Bell, Gibbs, Coq and anyone but Giroud 🙂

    Hang on, I asked for Bell Holding Coq

    Where the hell is Holding

  26. mickydidit89 says:

    Has anyone seen one of the AFC graphics with the team sheet because that could be 4 at ze back

  27. mickydidit89 says:

    According to my stream its on BT Sport 1

  28. mickydidit89 says:

    Bell’s reverted back to the bun

  29. Big Raddy says:

    We could use some venom in attack. How about trying a shot?

  30. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh relax Erik, it’ll come and it’ll be beautiful

    Like the idea of some venom though

    Also like the Granit Coq pairing

  31. Big Raddy says:

    Tony Gale is a complete moron and anti-AFC

  32. mickydidit89 says:

    despite the miserable commentator, I thought that was good.

    Danny on for Theo would be a good choice

    Granit has been quite superb

  33. mickydidit89 says:

    is he the commentator Erik?

  34. Big Raddy says:

    Well, in 45 minutes we saw why AFC have to sell Coquelin, Gibbs and Walcott.

    Sanchez has forgotten how to play as a CF and worse forgotten that we play in red and white, his passing has been awful – but what a wonderful shot in the 45th minute!

    Xhaka and Ozil bossing the midfield.

    I am not sure about Bellerin’s role and neither is he.

    Still, we are the better team and with a little bit of good fortune can win this.

  35. mickydidit89 says:

    what was I thinking, it’s the ox we need

  36. Big Raddy says:

    60 mins- Time for Danny – get Theo off

  37. mickydidit89 says:

    crikey, imagine getting a hyper extension during bend over club

    awkward to say the least

  38. mickydidit89 says:

    come on Arsenal

  39. mickydidit89 says:

    oh yessssss

  40. Big Raddy says:

    Get in …….

    Monreal on fire

  41. mickydidit89 says:

    shit, late goal for spurs

  42. Big Raddy says:

    Phew. That was a bit squeaky.

  43. mickydidit89 says:

    blimey, 7 minutes just added on. Come on Palace

  44. Red Arnie says:

    thank you Raddy. 🙂

    altogether now. ha ha ha ha ha 🙂 onwards and upwards

    fceking Christian. 😦

  45. fatgingergooner says:

    Great result. Looking at the fixtures it’s still a very difficult task to finish top 4 as we have some tough games, but you never know.

    Hopefully Dembele out at the weekend after he limped off at half time.

  46. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh well, we’ll have to inflict maximum damage on sunday


  47. mickydidit89 says:

    Ah ha, Chas, have I got a treat for us
    My daughter sent me this

  48. chas says:

  49. Eddie says:

    Strange game. Nacho, Bellerin and Xhaka were great, the rest ok.
    at half time I was going to get a rifle, March to the Ems and shoot Walcott. He touched the ball les than 10 times and passed it back at least 3 times. What is the matter with him??

  50. chas says:

  51. chas says:

    Uncanny 🙂

  52. chas says:

    This is Theo’s favourite video game.

  53. mickydidit89 says:

    Yeah right, thanks for team sheet graphic chas 🙂

    It was almost weird how awful Theo was
    One thing yesterday guarantees is starts for Danny and Ox on Sunday, so that is very good news

  54. chas says:

    I’m not sure if it’s a good or bad thing that I’m watching the same shit as your teenage daughter. 😆

  55. chas says:

  56. Eddie says:

    Awful? Awful?! It was fooking criminal. In any other profession he would have been fired for gross professional negligence

    And Ramsey with his heel fancy kicks is getting annoying

  57. Eddie says:

    And what about the moron who jumped on Giroud? Surely that should be a red retrospectively

    And Sanchez Disgraceful pretendies?

  58. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    7.19. Very fine picture. Wish I could look so graceful.

    No surprise that chas is looking at sites frequented by teenage girls 🙂

  59. mickydidit89 says:

    Yes Erik, that is a very fair interpretation

    Those in attendance on the sofa last night, aka didit and erik, chose not to comment on the sanchez pretendy for good reason

  60. chas says:

    Are you saying I’m some sort of pervert for looking at clips of dogs diving over fences?

  61. mickydidit89 says:

    love the hovercraft pic

  62. Eddie says:

    Micky – I cannot blame them, it was ugly, I hope someone is going to tell him off for that.
    Xhaka is growing on me, he has improved 30% in a few months

  63. mickydidit89 says:

    it is a brilliant clip and your version better because it repeats

  64. Eddie says:

    Chas – not just because of those clips, there is more to it 😆😆

  65. Big Raddy says:

    chas. That is one interpretation.

  66. Big Raddy says:

    Anyone got something for a post today. Maybe a jokey player ratings?

  67. chas says:

    I was going to do something but I’m fucked if I can be arsed now.

  68. Big Raddy says:

    I remember the excitement of taking a hovercraft over the channel. It felt like an adventure

  69. Big Raddy says:

    chas. Is that teenage petulance? 🙂

  70. Rasp says:

    Morning all, fantastic win yesterday. We should sell Theo over the summer … if anyone would take him …. but then I look at the widget and he’s scored 19 goals … how did he manage that when playing so crap??

  71. Rasp says:

    This season is just plain mad … we’ve got one more point than at the same stage last season?? If only we’d tried 3 at the back 10 games earlier 😦

  72. chas says:

    I am doing something.

  73. mickydidit89 says:

    Just got back from school run with a teenage daughter

    You have no idea how spot on that exchange is

    “Is that teenage petulance?”

  74. Eddie says:

    Micky – better than 20s arrogance

  75. RC78 says:

    So I watched the game last night and for sure:
    – let us get rid of Gabriel
    – let us demand more of Ramsey because he has the engine and the skills to be an excellent box-to-box
    – Monreal could stay but as a back-up option if a we stayed in a back 3 – he could play on the left

    – I am ok to sell Ozil and I am not ok to sell Sanchez
    – Sanchez needs a target CF to play off from as he is only very dangerous then. Whether it is Giroud or Wellbeck, it is up to AW but Sanchez does not work well with Walcott at as a CF.

    – Wellbeck is looking sharp – it is nice to see
    – We can be frustrating at times – toying around with the ball in the opponent’s half – we need to create space for Xhaka, Ramsey and Sahcnez to take long shots. Also our WBs need to shoot more.
    – Playing 3 at the back is helping us cope defensively
    – Mahrez and Drinkwater are quality players.
    – Hope that Koscielny will be OK

  76. chas says:

    New Post

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